Gayle King Opens Up About Charlie Rose’s Firing From CBS: ‘It’s Still Very Painful’


On Tuesday night, Gayle King appeared on The Late Show and commented on the firing of her CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose.

The Washington Post dropped a bombshell report yesterday about eight women who accused the veteran news journalist of sexual harassment, including lewd phone calls, groping, and exposing his nude body in his home. Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell addressed the controversy on Tuesday morning’s broadcast.

King told Stephen Colbert that she almost canceled the interview that she mentioned was booked weeks ago in hopes to promoting Oprah’s Favorite Things for the holidays.

Colbert expressed how “proud” he was of King, O’Donnell, and everyone on the CBS News team for how they covered the news “objectively and fully” and that it “couldn’t have been easy.”

“But that’s what you have to do,” King responded. “To be honest with you, it’s still isn’t easy. It’s still very painful. It’s still very hurtful. Charlie and I- we’ve worked together, been friends, but when you think about the anguish of those women despite the friendship, you still have to report the news. And so when I think of the job that we do at CBS and how hard the people work, I want to know we are a top notch broadcast operation and that’s why I thought it was important to be here.”

Watch the clip above, via CBS.



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